Wednesday, March 6, 2013
What started out as a traffic stop for an equipment violation turned into a chase that exceeded speed limits and ended with a single-car accident.
A Goose Creek Police officer approached the driver’s side of a 1998 Isuzu that had been pulled over while northbound on North Goose Creek Boulevard at Woodland Lakes Boulevard. The officer identified himself and the reason for the stop, which occurred at about 9 p.m. on Feb. 12, according to a GCPD incident report.
There was also a five-year-old boy and an adult male and female passenger in the vehicle. The officer got the driver to step out of the vehicle to see that his front passenger headlight was out.
The suspect had his registration and insurance but said he could not find his driver’s license. The officer went back to his patrol vehicle to look up the suspect’s license information as another officer arrived.
The suspect put his vehicle in drive and fled the scene in a northerly direction. According to a supplemental incident report, the suspect’s vehicle reached speeds of up to 65 mph on U.S.-52 before turning onto Montague Plantation Road and eventually spinning out into an Amy Drive drainage ditch.
The suspect’s vehicle was facing the wrong direction and was revving its engine in an attempt to get out of the ditch. Due to wet ground conditions there was not enough traction, according to the report.
Due to the vehicle’s location and the apparent attempts to escape, an officer drew his pistol and pointed it at the driver’s side window while giving loud verbal commands for the suspect to exit the vehicle, according to the report. The suspect exited the vehicle with his hands up. There was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the suspect, who was searched, according to the report.
Two plastic bags of marijuana totaling 14 grams were found outside the vehicle. It was determined the suspect threw the bags out in an attempt to hide the fact that he had marijuana in his possession, according to the report.
Police contacted the child’s mother, who said she was not aware her child was placed in such danger and she asked for full prosecution of the suspect.
The suspect was handcuffed and charged with failure to stop for a blue light, child endangerment, committing certain vehicular offenses with a minor in a vehicle and possession of marijuana.